Apple Drops The Hammer On Apps That Record Your Screen Without Your Knowledge Or Consent

Yesterday, I told you about popular iPhone apps using an API that recorded your screen without your knowledge and your consent. At the time I said this:

But now that this is out there, you can expect a lot of people to start asking questions. And that will likely include Apple as I am going to go out on a limb and say that they’re going to look at what Glassbox does and come up with counter measures to it. 

Apple took less than 24 hours to do just that According to TechCrunch:

In an email, an Apple spokesperson said: “Protecting user privacy is paramount in the Apple ecosystem. Our App Store Review Guidelines require that apps request explicit user consent and provide a clear visual indication when recording, logging, or otherwise making a record of user activity.”

“We have notified the developers that are in violation of these strict privacy terms and guidelines, and will take immediate action if necessary,” the spokesperson added.

And:

TechCrunch began hearing on Thursday that app developers had already been notified that their apps had fallen afoul of Apple’s rules. One app developer was told by Apple to remove code that recorded app activities, citing the company’s app store guidelines.

“Your app uses analytics software to collect and send user or device data to a third party without the user’s consent. Apps must request explicit user consent and provide a clear visual indication when recording, logging, or otherwise making a record of user activity,” Apple said in the email.

Apple gave the developer less than a day to remove the code and resubmit their app or the app would be removed from the app store, the email said.

Clearly Apple is aware of whom is using this tech. Thus I am going to go out on a limb and suggest that if you check your iPhone for app updates over the next week or so, you should get a rough idea of who might have been recording your screen without your consent or knowledge. You can then make a decision as to if that app should be on your phone or not.

 

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